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August 24th, 2013

LA Tech Kid’s Club recruits young fans

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Champ, Louisiana Tech University cheerleaders and members of the Tech Athletics Department were at Super 1 Foods Saturday recruiting young new fans. Pictured above are the Tech cheerleaders performing a stunt as a young girl looks on and a shopper leaves the store seemingly oblivious to the action surrounding him. Pictured at right are parents signing their children up to become members of the LA Tech Kid’s Club.

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Building up balloters

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Voter Registration Week set to begin

Lincoln Parish residents who want to learn more about voting, or who are not registered to vote and wish to sign up, have a special opportunity to do so this week during Voter Education Week.
The specially designated week is a project of the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.
“The purpose is educate the public and to get people registered who are not registered and inform them about elections,” Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.

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Water deal settled for UP fracking

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The D’Arbonne Watershed Lake Commission has completed a contract with Southwestern Energy for the oil company to extract water from lake D’Arbonne to be used for fracking.
The contract agreement was reached following an uproar by water conservationists when SWN pulled 17 million gallons out of the Sparta Aquifer last spring.

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Jeep giveaway to benefit Buddy Ball program

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Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth (center) buys the first ticket for a Jeep raffle benefiting Buddy Ball of Ruston. Buddy Ball is a softball league for special-needs youngsters. Tickets for this 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 are $100 each. Drawing is Dec. 13. Tickets are available from Buddy Ball board members or by calling 245-4216. Selling the ticket to Hollingsworth are Buddy Ball board President Dr. Edwin Davis (left) and board Vice President Mike Craft.

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Shadoin speaks to realtors

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State Rep. Rob Shadoin served as the main speaker at the Northeast Louisiana Association of Realtors meeting earlier this week at the Historic Ruston Fire Station. The program was presented by Diane McAdams, NELPAC chair person Alice Clark, association executive, and Deanna Norman, 2013 president-elect for the Northeast Louisiana Board of Realtors. Shadion talked about real estate laws proposed by legislators, along with events within his term as far as meetings with Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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Sutton retires after 36 years with Liberty Mutual

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After 36 years of service to Liberty Mutual, Fred Sutton put in his last day Aug. 16.
More than 50 friends and colleagues — as well as Fred’s wife Lee, his daughter, sister and his extended family—joined to wish him well and toast his accomplishments at a luncheon and reception in his honor Wednesday at Portico’s restaurant in Ruston.

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Work to become a better investor

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Next week, we observe Labor Day. A federal holiday since 1894, Labor Day celebrates the achievements of American workers — people, like yourself, who work hard for their money. But to make progress toward your long-term financial goals, you need to do more than just earn money — you have to invest it wisely. And that takes work, too.
Fortunately, there’s no real mystery to the types of labor in which you’ll need to engage to become a good investor. Here are a few suggestions:

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There comes a time for adult children to grow up

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Question: Our daughter is nearly 30 and has moved back in with us again. She can’t seem to keep a job. We’re paying for her gas, her cell phone bill and even her car note. I feel trapped. We don’t want to be in this situation, but we’re not sure how to get out. What can we do to make our daughter financially responsible?
Answer: I am sure you don’t want to be in this situation, and I’d bet my bottom dollar you really love your daughter. But something else is true — you are in this situation by your own choosing. No one did this to you.

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The new retirement: Making different choices

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“Retirement is an opportunity to open a new, active chapter in life.” Do you agree with that statement? An increasing number of Americans do, and it’s changing their whole approach to later life.
“People’s attitudes about retirement have changed,” said Donna Peterson, senior vice president in Retail Retirement at Wells Fargo Advisors. “People are looking at retirement as a time to be productive and active in a way that allows them more flexibility and freedom than they’ve had during their working years.”

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Tigers ready to get to business

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Grambling State did a little fine tuning Saturday as the Tigers worked on situational scenarios in preparation of the upcoming season.
The G-Men open the 2013 season on Saturday as they play host to Alabama A&M at 6 p.m. at Robinson Stadium.
“The past few practices have gone pretty good,” GSU coach Doug Williams said following Saturday’s workout. “Today was more of a mental practice going over certain scenarios because we want the players to understand those kinds of things can arise during a game.

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